Overclockers Australia!
Overclockers Australia is entirely supported by advertisers!  
Make us your homepage. Add us to your bookmarks  
Major Sponsors:

News Archive

Articles & Reviews

Folding Team
Seti@Home Team
Climate Prediction

OCAU Sponsors
Online Vendors
Motorcycle Club

News Archives
Our news archive search is now powered by Google. You can search the main site or the guest-viewable forums. To search the entire forums, log in and use the forum search engine.

Search the main OCAU site with Google: Search OCAU Forums with Google:

View News : Last 7 Days, Last 14 Days, Last 30 Days.

View Monthly Archives.

Tuesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-August-2018  14:57:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Enthusiast-friendly PC case manufacturer CaseLabs has shut down, laying the blame squarely at the feet of recent tariffs imposed by the US Government. We are very sad to announce that CaseLabs and its parent company will be closing permanently. We have been forced into bankruptcy and liquidation. The tariffs have played a major role raising prices by almost 80% (partly due to associated shortages), which cut deeply into our margins. The default of a large account added greatly to the problem. It hit us at the worst possible time. We reached out for a possible deal that would allow us to continue on and persevere through these difficult times, but in the end, it didn’t happen. Discussion here.

Australia now has a National Data Commissioner. She has the difficult task of supervising the public data system at a time when projects like the publication of de-identified health records that researchers used to re-identify patients, and more recently, the My Health Record, have damaged public trust. The role will see her find ways to promote greater use of data while building trust in the government’s capabilities in that area.

TechPowerUp compared 15 video cards in the game Monster Hunter: World. Monster Hunter: World brings the epic fight against huge enemies to the PC platform. The port is well done, and runs well, especially on AMD graphics cards. Our performance review looks at this in detail, using 15 graphics cards. We also investigated VRAM usage and CPU core scaling.

HardOCP compared video cards too, with a NVIDIA GPU generational performance analysis. The topic of review is being divided into multiple parts so we can best facilitate testing. We are covering a wide range of GPUs, games, and game settings. We are covering NVIDIA and AMD, starting with NVIDIA. The purpose of this series is to find out how GPUs have evolved in terms of real-world gaming performance over the last five years. It should tell us if the upgrading we’ve done over the years actually means something and how much it actually means in terms of performance.

Phoronix meanwhile compared Windows 10 vs Linux on the new Threadripper 2990WX CPU. When receiving the Threadripper 2 review launch kit, included with the bundle was a Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe SSD and on there was a fresh Windows 10 installation setup by AMD. When seeing that, prior to wiping that, I ran some benchmarks of that Windows 10 Pro Build 17134 setup and compared it to a few Linux distributions on this same system while maintaining the hardware's configuration and BIOS settings.

This mind-bending article details how someone found a hardcoded "god mode" in 2004-era VIA CPUs, thanks metamorphosis. Domas followed the "trail of breadcrumbs," as he put it, from one patent to another and figured out that certain VIA chipsets were covered by the patents. Then he collected many old VIA C3 machines and spent weeks fuzzing code. He even built a testing rig consisting of seven Nehemiah-based thin clients hooked up to a power relay that would power-cycle the machines every couple of minutes, because his fuzzing attempts would usually crash the systems. After three weeks, he had 15 GB of log data — and the instructions to flip on the backdoor in the hidden RISC chip.

It's good to see the demo scene is still going strong - here's the winners from the 2018 Assembly contest. More info here.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2000 Series Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-August-2018  03:08:25 (GMT +10) - by booj

Threadripper 2990WX & 2950X:
Hot Hardware
PC Perspective
Toms Hardware

Threadripper 2990WX:
Overclock 3D
PC World
The Tech Report

Threadripper 2950X:
Hardware Canucks

Misc Pics (31 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-August-2018  14:37:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tomorrow between 10am and noon Sydney time we will be doing some upgrades behind the scenes which may make the forums unavailable from time to time. So don't panic if things get a bit weird. In the meantime, here's some Misc Pics:

Friday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-August-2018  14:33:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A Sydney man is possibly facing prison time over 3D Printed Guns. A Sydney man who made replica guns with a 3D printer and advertised them online is facing possible jail time but will have to wait several weeks before learning his fate. Sicen Sun was arrested in 2017 after he advertised one of his imitation weapons for sale for $1 million - negotiable - on a Facebook buy, swap and sell group. He's since pleaded guilty to charges including possessing a digital blueprint for the manufacture of firearms, manufacturing a pistol without a licence permit, and possessing an unauthorised pistol.

Tweaktown have a Ryzen (2000-Series) Overclocking Guide. Happen to own a Ryzen CPU and wondered how to overclock it? We have your back, here is an easy to understand Ryzen overclocking guide.

Meanwhile TechSpot look back at One Year with Threadripper. As the chief hardware writer on TechSpot and video reviewer/creator on HUB, I often get asked about my own PC and what I choose to use as my daily driver, so today I’m going to discuss my experiences with AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and the supporting X399 platform. Since I transitioned over to Threadripper about a year ago and we have 2nd-gen Threadripper landing very shortly, I thought what better time to discuss my experience so far.

IBM have a 19TB NVMe SSD on the way, for enterprise use. The new SSDs for IBM's FlashSystem have a usable storage capacity of up to 19.2TB of 64L 3D TLC NAND flash memory, making them some of the highest-density TLC-based drives. The drives use a 20-channel NAND interface and a four-lane PCIe 4.0 host interface that can operate in dual-port 2+2 mode. IBM's controller also provides optional transparent compression with a typical 3:1 compression ratio, and FIPS 140 compliant encryption.

More likely to appear in a desktop PC near you soon are these 4TB SSDs from Samsung. A couple of years ago, Samsung launched its first 4TB solid state drives, which might as well not have existed given their $1,499 asking price. Today, the company announces the commencement of mass production of a more — though it’s too early to know exactly how much more — affordable variant with its 4TB QLC SSDs.

I've never thought about using an aftermarket clipboard manager, but TechSpot compared 12 of them. Clipboard managers make it much easier to re-enter text or anything else that you've recently copied and pasted, adding an array of new capabilities to the default Windows clipboard. Although they differ in features, the typical clipboard manager automatically saves text, images and other items as they are copied to your clipboard, displaying them in a list-style GUI that makes it simple to re-copy or paste something later.

The University of Melbourne have looked into whether or not gamers are the issue when it comes to NBN bandwidth. The head of Australia’s National Broadband Network, NBN Co, has named ‘gamers’ as a problem for the national internet system and identified them as a major cause of congestion on the fixed wireless network. But these polarising comments do little to explain the nature of competitive online gaming in Australia. So are gamers national sporting heroes, or a thorn in the side of everyday internet users?

Friday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-August-2018  13:23:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Fnatic CLUTCH 2 & FOCUS 2 mouse and pad on Vortez.
Input Club's WhiteFox mechanical keyboard on TechReport.
Tt eSPORTS Nemesis Switch Optical RGB on TechPowerUp.

QNAP TS-473 4-Bay NAS on TechPowerUp.
Samsung SSD 970 EVO on BenchmarkReviews.
ASUSTOR AS1004T V2 NAS Server on NikKTech.
HP Portable SSD P800 Review - High-Capacity and Speed on Tweaktown.

CORSAIR H100i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
EZVIZ 4-Camera 4K Security System with 2TB HDD NVR on BigBruin.
iMovR Lander Desk on ThinkComputers.
MSI B450i Gaming PLUS AC motherboard on Guru3D.
MSI Radeon RX 570/580 MECH 2 video cards on Tweaktown.
Seasonic PRIME Ultra 850W PSU on HardOCP.

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-August-2018  21:37:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
EasySMX COOL 2000 headset on Vortez.
Divoom Timebox Smart Music Clock on NikKTech.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Fatal1ty H370 Performance Motherboard on FunkyKit.
ASUS Prime X470-PRO Motherboard on ThinkComputers.

Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L and Q300P on OCInside.
Phanteks Eclipse P350X on ThinkComputers.

Deepcool Gamer Storm MF120 RGB fan on Vortez.
ID-Cooling Dashflow 360 radiator on TechPowerUp.

Crucial MX500 1TB 2.5" 3D NAND SSD on ModSynergy.
Intel SSD 660p SSD Review - Consumer QLC Debut on Tweaktown.
Buttered With Btrfs – Synology DS1618+ 6-bay SMB NAS Review on TechGage.
Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSD Review With QLC NAND Flash on LegitReviews.
Best M.2 SATA SSD - Samsung 860 EVO or Crucial MX500 on Tweaktown.
Intel SSD 660p Review: Snappy NVMe Storage At Rock-Bottom Prices on HotHardware.

EaseUS Todo Backup Home on OCInside.
Honor Play In-Depth Review - Mobile Gaming FTW on TechARP.

Input Etc:
Corsair STRAFE MK.2 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
CORSAIR Gaming Lapboard for the K63 wireless keyboard on FunkyKit.

Video Cards:
MSI Radeon RX 570 and 580 MECH 2 8G OC on Guru3D.
MSI Radeon RX 580 Mech 2 8 GB on TechPowerUp.

ZOOZ ZSE18 Z-Wave Plus Motion Sensor with Magnetic Base on BigBruin.
Stanley FatMax Lithium-Ion LED/HID Flashlight on ModSynergy.
MSI GV62 8RE laptop on Vortez.

AMD Threadripper 2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-August-2018  18:18:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have unveiled their 2nd generation Threadripper CPUs today. There seem to only be specs and unboxing articles at the moment, not proper reviews, but here they are anyway:

32-Core 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX: Unboxing The Beast on HotHardware.
AMD's second-generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs revealed on TechReport.
Preview: Threadripper 2950X and 2990WX (specs and unboxing) on Guru3D.
AMD Announces 2nd Generation Threadripper with up to 32 Cores on PC Perspective.
The AMD Threadripper 2 Teaser: Pre-Orders Start Today, Up to 32 Cores on Anandtech.

Discussion continues towards the end of this giant thread in our AMD Hardware forum.

Monday Night (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-August-2018  22:19:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Australian Computer Museum Society are still looking for people to save their collection of vintage computers, thanks David. Some of the Australian Computer Museum Society’s 50,000-item-strong collection may be bulldozed next week, because the warehouse it occupies is scheduled for demolition and the Museum can’t find alternative accommodation within its budget. The Society currently occupies a warehouse in the Sydney suburb of Villawood. Curator John Geremin said the Museum’s collection occupied more than 200 square meters on triple-level racks. Among the notable items in the collection are an EAI analog computer from the 1940s, vintage minicomputers from the 1960s and 1970s, and what Geremin described as “disk drives that are bigger than your washing machine”. I think this week is crunch time - discussion continues in this thread.

ExtremeTech meanwhile ponder some of the worst CPUs ever made. To make it on to this list, a CPU needed to be fundamentally broken, as opposed to simply being poorly positioned or slower than expected. The annals of history are already stuffed with mediocre products that didn’t quite meet expectations but weren’t truly bad.

The best news I've heard in a while is that Jean-Luc Picard is back! Or will be soon, anyway. It’s official — Patrick Stewart is returning to the Star Trek franchise. The acclaimed Shakespearean actor is set to headline a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access, reprising his iconic Next Generation character, Captain Jean-Luc Picard. The project, which has been rumored since the June announcement of a Star Trek universe expansion with new series, was just unveiled by Stewart himself in a surprise appearance at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention.

TSMC recently had a virus infection which has somewhat derailed production and will affect its bottom line. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has disclosed that a computer virus stalling part of its production over the weekend is expected to impact 3% of its third-quarter 2018 revenues. "TSMC expects this incident to cause shipment delays and additional costs," said the world's top foundry service provider in an update today about the impact of virus infection that it first reported on Saturday.

Just when you thought HDDs were dead, Seagate have a new multi-actuator system to speed them up. Today Seagate said its new MACH.2™ Multi Actuator technology has enabled them to set a new hard drive speed record, demonstrating up to 480MB/s sustained throughput — the fastest ever. Seagate formally introduced its MACH.2 Multi Actuator technology yesterday, which has now been deployed in development units for customer testing prior to productization.

Popular anti-bloatware tool CCleaner has some privacy issues of its own, thanks Axe. Piriform, the original developer behind CCleaner, was acquired by antivirus outfit Avast not long ago. Shortly afterwards, malware found its way into a public build of the program. You'd think, given this catastrophe, Avast would be a bit more careful with its updates. Apparently not. Bowing to online pressure, the company has pulled the latest version of CCleaner, 5.45, after it was discovered the ability to opt-out of program's data gathering was removed.

TechPowerUp used the game Yakuza 0 to compare video card performance. Yakuza 0 finally lets PC gamers in on the Japanese mafia action that console gamers have enjoyed for years. The game has an entertaining storyline that will make you laugh, and shudder at the subtleties of Japanese nightlife. We test the game on 15 graphics cards, take a look at VRAM usage and check CPU core scaling.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-August-2018  21:22:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE X470 AORUS Gaming 7 WIFI Motherboard on PCPerspective.
Asus ROG Strix B360-F Gaming Motherboard on FunkyKit.
ASUS ROG STRIX X470-I Gaming Motherboard on HardOCP.

Toshiba High Speed M203 MicroSDXC Card on MadShrimps.
Seagate Barracuda SSD - Rehashing Entry-Level Server Storage on Tweaktown.
Intel Optane SSD 905P 960GB Drive on LegitReviews.
GIGABYTE UD Pro SSD Review - Abundant Flash Widens the Market on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Corsair STRAFE RGB MK.2 keyboard on Vortez.
SteelSeries Rival 600 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
Logitech G513 Carbon Gaming Keyboard on OCClub.
SteelSeries' Apex M750 mechanical gaming keyboard on TechReport.
Fnatic miniSTREAK keyboard on Vortez.

Audio Visual:
AUKEY Dash Cam DR01 on LegitReviews.
D-Link DCS-8300LH 1080p WiFi Indoor Security Camera on BigBruin.

A-DATA XPG SPECTRIX D41 RGB DDR4-3600 memory on TechPowerUp.
Enermax RevoBron 700W PSU on HardOCP.
Corsair SPEC Omega RGB case on Guru3D.
Dell G7 15 Gaming Laptop on HotHardware.
NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500 Router on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (43 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-August-2018  15:15:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! The first one this week is from KonMan who says: Hey OCAU, I work in Melbourne next to the building where Gold 104 and KISS 101 have their studios. Not sure of the context if it was a dare or what? They needed an echo chamber and couldn't do it in post? Anyway - our whole office was at the window laughing. The second one is from g@z who noticed a geeky solution to L-plate attachment. Thanks also to Tim this week!

Friday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-August-2018  15:10:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's an interesting interview on TechGage with the man who created graphical ray-tracing. With the release of DirectX Raytracing and NVIDIA’s RTX API, it’s time we took a look at the history behind ray tracing, and how it came about. With SIGGRAPH just around the corner, we speak to Turner Whitted, who used his knowledge of sonar to pioneer ray tracing as a method for rendering computer graphics back in 1979.

It's not too often we publish a positive Telstra story, but they have been crowned the fastest for Netflix after two years as the slowest. Every month, Netflix Australia ranks six of the country’s ISPs based on the streaming provider’s own calculations of download speeds during prime time. From April 2015, a month after Netflix landed in Australia, until August 2017 Telstra was listed as the slowest provider. But from September 2017, the telecommunications giant started to climb up and has been the fastest provider since February 2018.

Guru3D have an updated PC Buyer's Guide. It's that time of the year again! Welcome, all to the (Late) Summer 2018 edition of Guru3D's PC Buyer's Guide. This article will show you PC builds at various price points that we - as a unit - feel happy to recommend.

LanOC meanwhile look at casting 3D-printed parts. How does one make something metal with a 3D printer? You can spend a huge sum of money and buy a printer that can sinter metal powders together. Unless you’re NASA or SpaceX that is a lot of money. Sure, you could slap a MIG welder nozzle on your printer but that is not very precise and would take a lot of tinkering to get something useful out of it. Instead of going high tech, let’s go low tech. Casting liquid metal into sand molds is a process humans have been doing for centuries. What if you used a 3D printer to create the mold patterns for the sand in a few hours instead of the day(s) it would have taken to do by hand?

An old Reddit backup was compromised recently, which may have security implications if you have been a member over there for a while. Most interesting is the fact that SMS messages for two-factor authentication were intercepted as part of the hack.

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 2-August-2018  13:00:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD's Ryzen 7 2700 CPU on TechReport.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Processor on ThinkComputers.
ASRock Fatal1ty H370 Performance Motherboard on OCInside.
ASRock X470 Taichi AMD Ryzen Motherboard on FunkyKit.

Video Cards:
GTX 1060 6GB vs the RX 580 8GB vs the GTX 980 4GB revisited on BabelTechReviews.
MSI Radeon RX580/570 MECH 2 Unboxed on Tweaktown.
XFX RX 570 RS 8GB XXX Edition on OCClub.

EKWB EK-MLC Phoenix 360 watercooler on NikKTech.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML120R RGB Closed Loop Water Cooler on APHNetworks.

Antec DF500 RGB on FunkyKit.
Fractal Design Focus G Mini on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Viotek 144Hz GN32LD 32" Curved Gaming Monitor on TechSpot.
ASUS ProArt PA328Q Monitor on Tweaktown.
Cougar Phontum Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.

Kingston UV500 960GB 2.5 Inch SSD on BigBruin.
SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD on HotHardware.
Crucial MX500 1TB 2.5" 3D NAND SSD on ModSynergy.
StarTech USB-C Docking Station on Tweaktown.
Samsung's 860 EVO 1 TB SSD on TechReport.

Cooler Master CK552 Full RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
Gigabyte AORUS P850W 850W PSU on APHNetworks.

AMD's B450 Chipset (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 2-August-2018  12:01:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have unveiled the B450 motherboard chipset which provides a more budget-friendly, power-conscious way to get up and running with a Ryzen CPU. Here's some reviews from around the net:

AMD B450 Chipset Explained with Official AMD Tech Briefing on TechARP.
Gigabyte B450 Aorus Pro on Guru3D.
ASRock B450 Gaming-ITX/ac on TechPowerUp.
GIGABYTE B450 Aorus Pro WIFI (AMD X470) on Tweaktown.
ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4 on FunkyKit.
MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC & Tomahawk on NeoSeeker.
MSI B450 Tomahawk on Guru3D.
ASRock B450 Gaming ITX/ac and B450 Gaming K4 boards on Anandtech.
A Quick Look at 25 Motherboards on Anandtech.

Discussion continues in this thread in our AMD Hardware forum.

Tuesday Evening (7 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 31-July-2018  17:58:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Australian Computer Museum Society needs help storing their collection until new premises can be organised. Find out how you can help in this Google Groups post. The Australian Computer Museum Society is not an active museum, but a repository of computing technology, peripherals, storage media and documentation dating from to the 1950s to the 2000s. Their collection is being held in a 200 square metre warehouse at 888 Woodville Road, Villawood, which will be demolished in two weeks. Having tried for years to secure a more permanent home, the volunteers - mostly former programmers and engineers in their 70s - are at the desperate point of suggesting that anybody who wants anything from their collection can just come along and take it. The attached photos give some idea of the range, size and condition of the collection (apologies for the blurriness - the light is quite poor inside). Discussion here in our Retro & Arcade forum.

There's not much solid info, but apparently India have developed their first RISC-V based CPU. Shakrti processor is a low-power prototype, they were interested in optimising power and area. currently, it's clocking at 400MHz, DMIPS/MHz - 1.67.

Meanwhile South Korea are determined to stay ahead of China in the chip-development world. The South Korean government will invest 1.5 trillion won ($1.34 billion) in developing new technologies and creating a manufacturing hub for next-generation chips in order to keep its leading position being sought by China, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Monday. The Industry Ministry will make the investment for the next 10 years together with the Ministry of Science and ICT, titling the project “Next-Generation Intelligent Semiconductor Technology Development Project.”

DigitalFoundry meanwhile explain why we need new 8-core CPUs - in short, to keep up with console gaming. Despite no official confirmation, it's more than likely that we'll see new eight-core CPUs from Intel in the next month or so, delivering the ability to comprehensively outperform the already stunning Core i7 8700K - our pick as the fastest gaming CPU money can buy right now. The additional benefits for gaming in the short-term may be limited but once the new wave of Ryzen-powered consoles arrive, the need for faster, wider processors in the PC space should become abundantly clear.

Sniper sent in this new Segway for each foot idea. The Segway Drift W1 e-Skates are lightweight, portable and extremely unique. Designed for maximum comfort and fun the Drift W1 is the perfect product to usher in a new type of personal transportation. Hrm, as someone who spends a lot of time on skates.. I'm not convinced. But I'd be happy to review some. :)

All original content copyright James Rolfe.
All rights reserved. No reproduction allowed without written permission.
Interested in advertising on OCAU? Contact us for info.

Hosted by Micron21!

Recent Content

Getting Started with Arduino

ADATA Ultimate SU800 256GB SSD

FSP Hydro 700W and Hydro G 850W PSUs

Crucial BX200 SSD


Lexar Jumpdrive M20i Flash Drive

Lexar Jumpdrive M20c Flash Drive